How to cite this article: Almeida-Gutiérrez E, Paniagua R, MEY Furuya. Network Research on Human Papillomavirus. Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2015;53 Supl 2:S116-7.
Received: April 24th 2015
Accepted: May 15th 2015
Eduardo Almeida-Gutiérrez,a Ramón Paniagua,b María Elena Yuriko Furuyaa
aÁrea de Promoción y Seguimiento de la Investigación, División de Desarrollo de la Investigación
bDivisión de Desarrollo de la Investigación en Salud
Coordinación de Investigación en Salud, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Distrito Federal, México
Communication with: María Elena Yuriko Furuya Meguro
Telephone: (55) 5627 6900, extensión 21211
In order to increase the research in important health questions at a national and institutional levels, the Human Papillomavirus Research Network of the Health Research Coordination of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social offers this supplement with the purpose of assisting patients that daily look for attention due to the human papillomavirus or to cervical cancer.
Keywords: Clinical research, Papillomavirus infections.
As one of the strategies to generate scientific knowledge, to address problems of national and institutional research on priority health issues, and to generate successful results applicable to the comprehensive care of the insured patient, the Área de Promoción y Seguimiento de la Investigación of the División de Desarrollo de la Investigación of the Coordinación de Investigación en Salud began the Programa de Redes de Investigación Institucional five years ago.
Among its primary objectives is collaborative research to represent and address the different realities of our country and to generate products applicable to the processes of care.
The fulfillment of these objectives has been achieved through the integration of clinical researchers from various medical and surgical specialties, with epidemiologists, base researchers (chemical and biological sciences), health systems and economics researchers, and health professionals in key administrative areas in decision-making of the institution itself, united by a common interest on a specific topic.
Thus, on September 21, 2010, the Red de Investigación del Virus del Papiloma Humano (VPH) was created in response to the request for more research on priority health issues.
This strategy is made in accordance with the report that the authorities of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social presented to the President and the Congress of the Republic on the financial situation and risks to the Institute in 2013-2014, where it states that neoplastic diseases are, after cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and mental and behavioral disorders, the fourth most common cause of health problems measured as years of healthy life lost and adjusted for disability, and that malignant tumors rank fifth in hospital bed discharge.
The research lines of the Network have focused mainly on characterizing the association of HPV infection with the risk of cervical cancer; finding out the different HPV genotypes in different parts of the country1 in order to create specific vaccines for our population; determining the effect of preventive strategies such as vaccination and early detection; learning about the role of co-infections with different viral types of HPV;1,2 understanding the coexistence of infection with human immunodeficiency virus and its association with premalignant and malignant lesions in other organs, such as the head, neck, and gastrointestinal tract, or gynecological and other systems.
Prevention strategies and screening for HPV are primarily carried out in units of first and second levels of care in our Institute, and since the Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social widely permeates all levels of health care, members of the Network chose it as the ideal means to transmit the knowledge generated in different latitudes of Mexico. This supplement faithfully reflects the teamwork that motivates the Network for collaborative research.
We are confident that the scientific product of the Red de Investigación en Virus del Papiloma Humano, as well as the ideas and knowledge expressed in this supplement, will generate more questions and lines of research in clinical, basic, epidemiological, and health economics fields, and will directly impact health workers and, especially, benefit the patients cared for daily for this problem in health care units.
Conflict of interest statement: The authors have completed and submitted the form translated into Spanish for the declaration of potential conflicts of interest of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and none were reported in relation to this article.